Corbett says parks drilling not under consideration
HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Corbett said Monday that natural gas drilling on state park land is not on his agenda.
"We are not drilling in the state parks," said Corbett.
The governor said his administration has not lifted a 2010 moratorium on new drilling in state forest lands or even talked about doing so.
The abrupt resignation earlier this month of a state parks director who brought national recognition to the 117-unit system has fueled debate over the parks' future. John Norbeck said in a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that philosophical differences over drilling were behind his resignation.
But Corbett urged that speculation over new drilling, which he called erroneous, be put to rest.
Meanwhile, David Kemmerer of Mountaintop has been tapped as acting director of the state parks bureau to replace Norbeck. Kemmerer was one of two assistant directors in the bureau.
Kemmerer is a candidate for permanent appointment to the post, said Christina Novak, spokeswoman for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
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